Enforce livestock fencing requirements at Lot 88 Goldsborough Road, Goldsborough Valley
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STOP THE UNNECESSARY SHOOTING OF OUR MUCH LOVED BRUMBIES - SHOT FOR ENTERING LAND THROUGH OPEN GATES AND BROKEN FENCES.
Lot 88 Goldsborough Road, Goldsborough Valley (Queensland) is block of pastoral land containing cattle. The property consists of two pieces of land situated on either side of Goldsborough Road, and adjoins National Park and Aboriginal Land. Boundary and dividing fences on the property are constructed with star pickets and barbed wire. These fences are broken, collapsed and generally in poor repair, as has been the case for a prolonged period. Some sections of fence have only one row of barbed wire due to damage by escaping cattle, and in some sections, pickets are not placed close enough to maintain tension on the wires. This has been allowing the entire mob of cattle from inside the property to exit and wander onto the road in mass numbers on a regular basis, proving the fencing is not “sufficient”. Wild horses are also able to wander in and are then shot! These animals should not die as a result of the property owner’s non-compliance with the legislation. Local residents have offered to help repair the fences and those offers have been declined by the owner. The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 places a legal obligation on the owner of pastural land to ensure their fencing is "sufficient" to restrain livestock of the type grazing on the land. That legal obligation is not being fulfilled. The current fencing is not fit for purpose and the integrity of the fencing needs to be improved, monitored and maintained. We ask that Cairns Regional Council ensures that the owner's legal fencing obligations are met so that his stock are adequately restrained. Given that the current fencing material and construction does not meet the required standard of being "sufficient", it is strongly requested that electric fencing is installed around the entire boundary of each paddock on the property. This should satisfy the owner’s legislated obligations and the natural consequence of doing so is that other large animals will be prevented from entering. Our brumbies don’t need to die!
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